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To Hand Address or Not to Hand Address?

Hello modern brides.  Today I would like to discuss addressing your wedding invitations.  There is much debate on whether wedding invitations should be addressed by hand, and whether or not it’s “tacky” to run the envelopes through your home printer.

Printed Addresses - sure beats my chicken scratch handwriting (image courtesy of www.letterperfectdesigns.com)

Printed Addresses - sure beats my chicken scratch handwriting (image from www.letterperfectdesigns.com)

I mainly wanted to write this post for all brides who are considering using printed addresses for their wedding invitations but are worried that they might come off as “tacky” or “not personal”.  I would like to go on record saying that there is nothing to worry about!   This is a totally acceptable thing to do!  Addressing your wedding invitations by printing directly on the envelopes or using a label is completely fine (and in 99% of cases it looks fabulous too!).

I personally love the idea of printing out the addresses on your wedding invitation envelopes and I did it for my own wedding.  It looks neat and clean and you can often use the font that matches your invites for a cohesive look.  Did I mention that it’s a huge time saver and remedy for deadly hand cramps!?!  The US postal service will probably thank you too.  In this day and age of technology, why NOT take advantage of something that will make your life 10 times easier and look great to boot?

Some argue that by *not* addressing your invitations by hand it looks as if you don’t care.  As if you can’t be bothered by the time it takes for a gesture as personal as handwriting an address.  I can understand this sentiment to some degree, but why does using a computer to address an envelope mean that you don’t care?  Just because you can take advantage of a convenient way to print on envelopes that didn’t exist 30 years ago doesn’t mean you aren’t sentimental or that your guests aren’t important to you.  I don’t see anyone “hand-writing” invitations – could you imagine?!?  Inviting your guests to the wedding itself and showing your gratitude that they were able to attend is what really conveys sentimentality and personal gesture, not the way in which you put ink on a card.

How my wedding invitations *would have* looked.

How my wedding invitations *would have* looked.

So the message here is that if you’re considering printing the addresses on your envelopes and are on the fence, don’t be.  Just go for it!  If you are really in love with hand addressing and want to do it that way, that’s fine too!  Just do what works best for you and don’t worry too much about this one.

For those of you who have decided to actually attemp to print the addresses themselves, stay tuned.  I had a few *kinks* to work out when I did mine, so in the next few weeks I plan to post a “how to” guide on getting this DIY task done!

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3 comments to To Hand Address or Not to Hand Address?

  • I don’t see anything wrong with addressing your invites and such on an inkjet at home. I did mine this way, and they came out great! Check out our wedding bio for pictures of the envelopes 🙂

  • Autumn

    Oh my god, your envelopes look gorgeous!!!! THAT’S what i’m talking about! (p.s. your wedding was beautiful and it looked like you had such a great time!)

  • vishal kamble

    Respected sir i am from satara district in maharashtra state sir i have printing offset machin and i have hart about your wedding card paper sir i need wedding cards in hugh number i want you will provide me if it is possible please send your address that can help me to contact you. if you agent is their please send the detail on my mail.